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are being held by terrorists. but we do know the united states, the obama administration has rejected an offer to exchange an undisclosed number of american hostages. other hostages have been freed and hair he would winning new details are emerging about their treatment. for the details, let's bring in jill dougherty. she's over at the state department. jill? >> wolf, just a few minutes ago here at the state department i was upstairs, secretary clinton meeting with the japanese foreign minister and both of them discussing this crisis in algeria. she said that she had spoken yet again with her algerian counterpart and she stressed once again, she said, the upmost concern they have is for the safety and security of the hostages. but when i asked her about the criticism that's being leveled by the united states and other countries against some aspects of this operation, the algerian operation, here is what she said. >> let's not forget, this is an act of terror. the perpetrators are the terrorists. they are the ones who have assaulted this facility, have taken hostage algerians and other
criticism of her and the obama administration like this from a republican senator and potential 2016 presidential hopeful, rand paul. >> had i been president at the time and found you did not read the cables from benghazi, did not read the cables, i would have relieved you from your post. i think it's inexcusable. >> president obama picked senator john kerry to lead the state department after ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. you'll recall rice caught a lot of flack over the benghazi attack. kerry is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. >>> we are still talking about this probably for the last time, though. an inaugural official told cnn that pop star beyonce did not sing the national anthem live on inauguration day. the official asked to not be identified and it was beyonce herself who made the decision the night before. >> now you think it's done? >> i don't think we'll hear from her at least not for a while on this subject. yesterday there was at least a mystery, did she or did she. now it appears she didn't. there you go. >>> the truth about manti te'o, the
right now and make this announcement. two very important positions as far as this obama administration is concerned. both require senate confirmation. >> what are does mary jo white do for diversity? a lot of criticism about diversity in the administration. >> she is a woman obviously and there is criticism that that he is not surrounding himself with enough women. he was talking to a bunch of guys. this will help a little bit. there will be more women down the road by white house officials and don't draw final conclusions about the gender and minority make up of this second term obama administration. the president will be aggressive in getting the excellent people from all sorts of backgrounds. i think let's see what he does. senior positions in the white house are opening up even as we speak right now and the president i'm sure will have a wight range of people being brought in. >> stick around with me for this announcement from the white house. we will take a break and we will be back on the other side. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk
. former white house official in the obama administration. van, four years ago, you were getting ready to work in the white house. lot different this time. >> yeah, yeah, last time it was excitement. the sense that we could not believe it was happening. now it's conformation. i think there was a sense that, you know, was this an accident of history. was he just sort of getting lucky because bush made mistakes, was it his smile? no, it was for real. we can do this had and for him now to be going out there, with the lincoln bible, and the mlk bible, 150 years ago. the emancipation proclamation, he could not be standing up there, barack obama a black man. and dr. king, without him, he would not be standing there. so the two men, he is there with both bibles. it's just a sense of conformation about what a country we are. >> despite the conformation and all the pomp and circumstances, the president needs to work with congress and the republican house that he has butted heads with so much, how do you think the president should address the bitter partisan divide that exists in washington in t
he might or the obama administration might carry that out in a place like algeria where that government and their military forces are making it clear they don't want outside help, might be pretty hard for the u.s. to live up to that promise at least for the moment. ashleigh? >> well, you know, barbara, we're four month from september 11th, we're in next door libya we still don't have an arrest of said terrorists who dared to do what they did to us, kill our ambassador and take out others who were serving in the mission there, so i love that tough talk. but, please, really, can we? >> yeah. no, i think you have actually just hit on it. everyone is now very anxious to say that north africa, mali, algeria, tunisia, libya, egypt, all of this is the new front for al qaeda, safe havens, the war on terror. a lot of words being thrown around, ashleigh, but action on the ground, being able to put military force into there and hunt down these north african al qaeda leaders and the cells of al qaeda, that's another thing. a lot of these countries are not anxious for outside force,
, specifically the president's children, to illustrate what he calls elitist hypocrisy. the obama administration called that repug nant and cowardly. maria kor don't na and will cane are joining us. welcome to both of you. >> thank you, carol. >> maria, the president highlighted one little girl in particular. her name is julia stokes. she's 7 years old. she wrote this moving letter telling the she was afraid to lose her brother and sisters and rush limbaugh mocked her and the other children in attendance. >> i've been watching the children as human shields show that is now going on at the white house. boy, these guys are somber. biden was very somber. would have thought -- i've worked with this guy 27 hours a day. president barack obama. yay. the kids cheer. the president starts reading letters from the kids, got to do what the kids want, got to answer all of the letters from santa claus. got to do everything they want. but it is -- it's stunning. you look at what's happening in the country. >> should kids be in a position to be mocked, maria? >> certainly i agree that limbaugh is limbaugh and n
head and that question is, can we stop using guns? >> the obama administration has come under fire for incorporating the children into that news conference. some conservatives say the children are being used as props. >>> and this weekend scores of children, their parents, and others will descend on washington ahead of president obama's inauguration. the chairs are being placed. dress rehearsals are taking place, but if you're headed to d.c., you better bundle up because the forecast calls for flurries on inauguration day. national guardsmen from more than 25 states making their way to the nation's capital. an estimated 6,000 will be on hand to help with security. and while it may be crowded on the roads, the scene will be a little less hectic at dulles international, the region's busiest airport may close one of its runways to accommodate the private planes flying in some parts -- flying in vips from across the country. >>> our own vip, wolf blitzer, he'll be hosting "the situation room" live from the national mall this afternoon, that starts at 4:00 p.m. eastern and we'll have sp
for the obama administration, which has had a tense relationship with the right wing netanyahu government. >>> and here's a fun one. a big shake up at the top of the twitterverse. justin bieber now has the most twitter followers in the world, surpassing the previous title holder. who would that be? lady gaga. at last count, twitter has 33,351,695 people hanging on his every tweet, pushing gaga into second place, followed by rihanna, katy perry, president obama, and closely thereafter, wolf blitzer. @katebaldwin, @wolfblitzer. we'll pick up a few right now. >>> a vicious second term agenda. could democrats be the biggest obstacle for president obama. we'll ask the chair of the democratic party, representative debbie wasserman schultz. she's standing by live. officemax can help you drive supply costs down... and down. use your maxperks card and get a 10-ream case of officemax multiuse paper for just 4.99 after maxperks rewards. find thousands of big deals now... at officemax. trying to find a better job can likbe frustrating.gs, so at university of phoenix we're working with a growing list
that in an inaugural address? >> it's a little bit surprising, but given his history, the obama administration's history with the repeal of don't ask, don't tell and also his revolution of gay marriage, it's not that surprising. >> what about you, greg? you were surprised he specifically mentioned stonewall. >> i was surprised that he mentioned stonewall because it's not something you hear when they talk about civil rights, especially from a president, so that really struck me when he said that. >> what do you think it does for gay people not only in this country but around the world? >> i hope it pushes us forward and makes us equal with everyone else, included with everyone else in the country. >> do you feel an additional sense of pride having heard the president mention that today? >> yes, i do. i really do. it makes me feel good to be an american right now and makes me think things will be better in the future. >> thanks pho boto both of you, thanks to the students from kentucky who stood around and waite waited. for you, it was really a speech about better equality? >> i think speeches a
in the administration a man of integrity. former obama aide was chief domestic policy adviser. >> dennis traveled extensively with the president. when you spend day in and day out with someone in a high stakes, very stressful set of circumstances, you get to know them well. i think they think very similarly but at the same time they are very straightforward and honest with each other. dennis isn't afraid to challenge the president. >> barns said that while m mcdonough is known for his foreign policy shops, he will be able to handle the issues. and he knows how capitol hill works. something that will be crucial in the coming fiscal fights. now, the suspected announcement comes as the president is criticized for a lack of diversity among to have staffers. his choices for secretary of defense, secretary of defense, secretary of treasury and cia director are all men. wolf? >> athena jones at the white house with the latest on that, an important position indeed. thank you. >>> monday's inauguration is a big day for president obama. historic day for the entire country. it's also a
's me! >> it's really brilliant what she's done in keeping a secret. in previous administrations, while there was always interest in what the first lady wore, there was never this read carpet moment. >> reporter: red was definitely on her mind. an exclusive look at jason wu's sketch of the obama gown, and clearly there was something here that caught the first lady's eye. in choosing wu, she once again puts the taiwanese born designer, who lives in new york, on the biggest world stage. not to be forgotten, another outfit on display. the one the first lady wore on inauguration morning. her choice this time? coat and dress by american designer thom browne. we tracked him down at his hotel in paris. celebrating the moment. >> you can never predict life to happen this way, and i'm so fortunate, so honorsed that she chose mine. >> reporter: the 47-year-old designer choes fabric based on men's silk ties. >> i had an idea that the president would be wearing navy, and i wanted to do something where she would look really good with him. and i chose a dark navy tie, which actually a silk jacquard f
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